West urges Serbia to allow, protect gay Pride

Nice way to hold their feet over the flames. If Serbia wants to join the European Union, accept gay rights. 🙂

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Western envoys urged Serbia on Wednesday to make sure a planned gay pride march this month goes ahead without violence, in a test of the Balkan country’s commitment to tolerance and diversity as it eyes talks on joining the European Union.

Authorities in Serbia banned Belgrade Pride last year and the year before, after a 2010 march triggered rioting by nationalist protesters and soccer hooligans. Gay rights activists say they will try again on September 28.

Conservative societies across the Balkans have been slow to accept greater gay rights, and similar events across the region have often ended in violence.

Mexican Lawmaker Asks to Bar Gay Unions in Public

Love isn’t confusing, Mr Mendoza. Love is what you should be teaching your children. No matter who they love, teach them it’s a wonderful thing to love others.

A state legislator has caused a stir by asking authorities to bar gay weddings from public spaces, arguing it confuses children in a state that just approved same-sex civil unions.

Colima state lawmaker Rafael Mendoza said mothers came to him with complaints after a wedding took place between a U.S. man and a Mexican man in the main plaza of the city of Cuauhtemoc.

He said Tuesday that society is not ready to watch gay weddings, saying the mothers didn’t know what to tell their kids when the two men dressed in charro suits kissed.

“Parents are coming to me, to my house, to tell me they are against the city carrying out these weddings in public,” Mendoza said. “I am not against these civil unions; the only thing is I don’t want them in public.”

A rival political group said it plans to file a human rights complaint this week charging Mendoza with discrimination.

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Oregon Bakery That Denied Gay Couple A Wedding Cake, Closes Shop

I sincerely hope that Mr Klein lives an utterly blameless life and commits no sin. After all, the point of being a Christian is to be Christ-like. I guess he missed the part in the bible that spoke of Jesus accepting all people. Oopsie!

The Oregon bakery which sparked the ire of same-sex marriage advocates nationwide by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has closed up shop.

As Willamette Week first reported, Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed its storefront on Saturday, Aug. 31, as the shop is not open for business on Sundays.

“This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery,” an Aug. 30 entry on Sweet Cakes’ Facebook page reads. “I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same melissa@sweetcakesweb.com.”

Meanwhile, KOIN reports that a sign hinting at the controversy that ensued after co-owner Aaron Klein cited his religious beliefs in turning away the lesbian brides-to-be earlier this year appeared on the bakery’s door a day after the shop closed for good.

“This fight is not over,” the sign read, according to the report. “We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.”

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Vicar ‘refuses to baptise’ baby of lesbian couple

I can’t believe this man believes these women are that stupid. I mean just because you don’t come out and clearly state that their sexuality is an issue, doesn’t make it untrue. It’s the ONLY reason why he refuses to do the baptism.

My favourite bit:

He said he had to be sure the child had not been “pinched” as it was “impossible” that Alfie was a child of both the women.

Because we ALL know that when you “pinch” a child, the very first thing you’re going to do – if it makes it on your to-do list at all – is run to the nearest church and have the child baptised. *rolls eyes*

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Support Unilever Products!

After reading this article, I’m going to support Unilever products whenever and wherever I can. I’m glad they put a stop to this ridiculously homophobic advert.

Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever says it has ordered the withdrawal of a Flora margarine advertisement in South Africa that has been condemned as homophobic, the BBC reported.

The advert features a bullet with the words “Uhh dad I’m gay” flying towards a heart made of china.

The advert, on a pink background, includes the tagline “You need a strong heart today” near the Flora logo.

Flora, owned by Unilever, has long promoted its margarine as helping consumers maintain a healthy heart.

“This advert was prepared by an external agency in South Africa and was not approved by anyone at Unilever,” the company said on its Twitter feed.

“The advert is offensive and unacceptable and we have put an immediate stop to it.”

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Same-Sex Married Couples To Get Federal Tax Recognition Regardless of State

Another score! Of course we all know that the IRS and federal government always want as much money as possible from all of us – gay OR straight.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that when it comes to taxes, it will recognize same-sex couples’ marriages even if they live in a state that does not.

The decision, which was prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, marks the latest political progress for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Prior to this spring, the Internal Revenue Service did not recognize same-sex married couples pursuant to section 3 of DOMA. Once DOMA was overturned in June, the question became: What about same-sex married couples who moved to a state that didn’t recognize their marriage (a couple married in Massachusetts who moved to Arkansas, for example)?

Thursday’s ruling by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew provides a uniform policy for the IRS; the state of celebration — where the wedding took place — now trumps the state of residency when it comes to federal tax status for same-sex married couples.

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Republican’s Attorneys: Gays, Like Children, Are Simply Ineligible For Marriage

I don’t really know how Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage law came into being. I don’t know if it was the Will of the People or the politicians pushing for it. Right now, I can’t be bothered looking into it, so if anyone reading this knows, please feel free to comment. Either way, it doesn’t surprise me that the ReTHUGlicans aren’t going to let this issue die.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s attorneys said Wednesday.

Corbett’s administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in suburban Philadelphia, where Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has issued more than 150 to gay and lesbian couples since July 24.

State attorneys said in a court filing on Wednesday the gay marriage licenses have no “value or legitimacy” and can’t be defended in court. They compared gay and lesbian couples to children, who can’t marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman.

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Score 1 for Walmart

Well this was surprising, actually. I saw the headline about Walmart taking a stand on gay rights and assumed it was going to be negative. Glad to see I was wrong.

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it will offer health insurance benefits to domestic partners of its U.S. employees starting next year.

The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, also plans to begin to offer vision care to its eligible employees and their dependents, according to information the retailer sent to workers this week.

Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government. More than half of its 1.3 million U.S. employees are on its health-care plans. The company said it does not know how many workers would use either of the new benefits.

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Demi Lovato & Glee

I have a confession. I stopped watching Glee after season 3. The whole show was wonderful, but I thought it best to cut ties before the original cast moved on to college. I still care about the show’s existence and was glad of the focus they brought to certain subjects last year – like a school shooting – so I thought it only appropriate to make sure people know that 1) Demi Lovato is joining the cast next season; and 2) she’s going to be Santana’s new love interest. Apparently Heather Morris isn’t going to be a regular this season, so Demi’s character will move into her place at Santana’s side.

Step aside, Brittany Pierce! There’s a new girl in town, and she’s coming straight for your girlfriend Santana!

It was recently announced that Demi Lovato was joining the cast of “Glee,” and now we’ve learned her character will be putting the moves on Naya Rivera’s character.

Back in June it was reported that Naya’s onscreen love interest, Heather Morris, wouldn’t be returning as a series regular. Now it looks as if Demi’s swooping in to fill her shoes!

When MTV asked Naya about Demi joining the team at the VMA’s on Sunday, she shared her excitement saying, “She’s playing my love interest, so I’m very, very excited about it. We get to sing a song together.”

The former Disney darling is expected to make her “Glee” debut during the Beatles inspired episode , and according to E! Online , the girls will be performing “Here Comes the Sun.”

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Transgender Woman Dies After Beating in Front of NYPD Precinct

Tragedies like this tell me that there are still plenty of people who are very willing to turn a blind eye to crimes against the LGBT Community. I may not understand what transgendered people are going through or even why they are doing it, but I’ll be damned if any individual M-to-F or F-to-M deserves anything remotely like this. What the FUCK is wrong with the NYPD? Too busy stuffing donuts in your hole?

Islan Nettles was out in New York City with friends when a group of young men approached her, learned she was a transgender woman and began taunting and maliciously beating her—right in front of a police precinct in Harlem.

The fashion design student with delicate features was punched in the face, knocked to the ground and beaten until she lost consciousness on the night of August 16.

“They were called f****, they were called he-she’s, she males, things of that nature,” Nettles’ mother told a local newscast.

Islan Nettles, born Vaughn Nettles, fell into a coma she would never awake from. She died Thursday after being taken off of life support. She was only 21.

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